Regardless of whether you RV full time or you’re a weekend warrior, it’s important to make your rig feel like home. You invest lots of time and money into it, and you want it to feel familiar and cozy on the inside. But, it can be difficult to bring those comforts of home on the road, especially if you have a small space.
Use an oil diffuser.
This will help eliminate any odd or lingering smells especially if you bought a used RV. Most essential oils aren’t expensive, and they’ve got tons of mind and body benefits. You can even get creative and combine oils for a mix up. Even if you’ve had your RV for a while, it doesn’t take long for it to start smelling. Opening up the windows and plugging in an oil diffuser will make your RV smelling like a field of lavender in no time.
Decorate with plants.
Every household should have a plant for decoration. Even a small succulent that is low maintenance will help brighten and liven up any room in your RV. If you don’t want a succulent, be sure you find a low-shade plant that will thrive without direct sunlight.
Organize and keep everything clean.
RVs are small, and one tiny misplaced item can make the whole rig look like an absolute mess. The good thing about a small space, though, is that it doesn’t take much time to tidy! Get the whole family on board and designate a time (even if it’s just five minutes) to clean up from the day or night before. Wipe the surfaces down, put things where they belong and do any lingering dishes.
A great way to stay organized is to make sure every item you bring with you has a spot. It will keep getting moved from surface to surface if not. And, try not to bring a lot of items with you in the first place. You’ll probably find you won’t even need them.
Bring some trinkets from your stationary home.
Nothing will make your RV feel more like home than adding a few of your favorite keepsakes and trinkets to the walls or surfaces. It could be your favorite kitchen utensil, favorite wall décor, or even your favorite blanket to snuggle up with on the couch at the end of a long day. Anything that will remind you of home will be perfect!
To make this idea even better, bring your favorite slippers, robe, coffee cup and your DVDs and have a movie night inside the RV. Or, simply enjoy the silence over a hot cup of tea or coffee. Having these small comforts of home in your rig can turn it into a space you love in no time.
Make a playlist of your favorite songs.
It may seem odd, but you know how that one certain song takes your back to a special moment in your life? It’s the same idea here. RVing full or even part time comes with a ton of emotions, and music can make a monumental difference in the environment. Things will go wrong. Things will break. It will rain when the forecast called for sunshine. Music is a great way to diffuse high stress situations and to keep emotions at bay.
When you look back, you’ll have all these amazing memories to look back on when you hear a song that was on your RV playlist.
You can find some great Bluetooth options that are inexpensive but pump out some impressive sound.
Let the kids join in on decorating.
Especially if they have their own space, they’ll love nothing more than to decorate it per their tastes. This will give them a better sense of home which can be difficult for a child or teenager living full or part time in an RV. So, let them hang their hats, put up posters, and even choose their own bedding.
And, if they’re interested, let them help decorate the living spaces, too. They’ll love that their voices will be heard. Let them help you choose the curtain color, oil diffuser fragrance, or let them decide which trinkets from home they want to bring along. Even the smallest familiar thing will put a child at ease.
Purchase modern pieces of furniture that have multiple purposes.
Furniture pieces like ottomans are great additions to RVs, because they make the space look and feel homier, and they’ve got more than one purpose. Open them up and toss in your personal items, and use it as a foot rest at the end of the day. Some RV couches don’t have the space or option to recline, so an ottoman is a cheap way to put your feet up and relax. They’re also lightweight so you won’t have a problem moving them around.
Replace the factory bed with a bed you like.
Everyone functions better on a full night’s sleep, and it’s impossible for that to happen with a comfortable bed. You can either do it the hard way and attempt install your bed in the master bedroom, or you can find an easy to install mattress topper that won’t cost you too much more.
Purchasing a mattress topper will help you sleep easy at night without the headache of trying to fit your king size bed into your RV!
5 Ways to Make Your RV Feel More Like Home
We hope these tips help you make your RV feel a bit more like home. What matters is that you’re comfortable in your space and you love to be there. After all, in the RV world, home is where you park it.